Case Studies

Learn how we have helped our clients by providing an array of assistance, health and security solutions at home and abroad.

  • TeleConsultation during the COVID-19 outbreak

    International SOS provided teleconsultation to John, who had been impacted by the quarantining and containment amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

  • A Miracle Child langkawi island thumb

    A 12-year-old Japanese boy was enjoying his holiday with his family when he lost consciousness in the sea off Langkawi Island, Malaysia. His family were unable to speak the language and did not have the sufficient funds for medical expenses. Our evacuation of the child to a medical facility that was able to treat him meant he was able to regain consciousness after a week’s coma.

  • Containing a Measles Outbreak on an Oil Rig oil rig

    Measles is highly contagious. Though not usually fatal, serious complications can occur amongst those with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly. As such, any measles outbreak is considered very serious.

  • Medical Solutions for a Remote Environment man smiling

    An international oil and gas company required on-the-ground medical support for their geological exploration and drilling expedition in Mauritania. Project manager, Javier Artime, commissioned International SOS for the seven month project.

  • Vaccination advice for Rabies sierra leone thumb

    A member about to travel to Sierra Leone – did not have enough time to complete the full rabies course. Concerned, he called our Assistance Centre for advice.

  • Mali Attack mali hotel thumb image

    On 20 November 2015 terrorists attacked an internationally recognised hotel chain in Bamako, capital of Mali. They took 170 hostages and killed 20 in a mass shooting. Throughout the day, our crisis management teams in Paris and London provided essential advice to clients. Our unique operations network meant we were able to maintain contact with clients and members affected and coordinate the response accordingly.

  • Evacuation from Bali Motorbike case study thumb

    American mother who had learnt that her 19 year old daughter had been involved in a motorbike accident some hours earlier in Kedonganan, Bali. Her daughter, who was a college student on a school trip to Bali, had been admitted to a local hospital with serious leg and hip injuries. The hospital was asking for payment before treating her daughter’s injuries and were unwilling to accept the mother’s credit card payment from the US.

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    When you are on assignment it is important that you and your family have access to accredited doctors and quality healthcare. This case study highlights the importance of this.

  • Security support during a riot in Maputo man on phone

    Travel risk can change rapidly. Riots and political tensions can suddenly erupt and transform a relatively secure area into a high risk destination. International SOS and Control Risks work together to monitor security incidents worldwide and provide practical advice and assistance to members in difficult situations.

  • Leading a Successful Malaria Programme malaria

    At many remote mining and drilling sites in addition to the employees and contractors living and working onsite, there may be several communities living nearby. This case study shows how effective malaria control for a work site accounts for the broader population around the project through vector control and health promotion programmes. It addresses the employer’s corporate and social responsibility obligations while helping meet productivity targets.

  • Running Low on Medication for a Chronic Condition doctor

    Running out of your medication is a major concern – particularly if you have a chronic condition and you’re working overseas. It makes sense to ensure you have sufficient supplies before travelling, particularly as pharmaceutical stocks vary widely around the world. However, if you forget, lose or run out of your prescription, International SOS can often help.

  • Military Coup burkina faso thumb

    In September 2015, a military coup was launched in Burkina Faso. The coup was successful in seizing control of Ouagadougou, the country's capital. Running out of malaria medication whilst on business travel can be very stressful, especially if the country of travel is a malaria high risk zone. This situation was worsened for one member when the country suddenly experienced the coup, therefore heightening personal security risk and vulnerability.

  • Premature Labour baby in incubator

    At 25 weeks into her pregnancy while on holiday, the patient suffered ruptured membranes and went into premature labour.

  • Treating a Throat Infection Abroad

    Getting sick when you are abroad can be worrisome. Not only do you have to manage your illness, but you also may also have to negotiate unfamiliar healthcare systems and languages. The case study below highlights how we helped a member get best-in-class medical treatment while he was travelling in France.

  • Recovering From a Stroke

    When you are abroad, it can be difficult to negotiate the local healthcare systems. How do you know if the standard of medical care provided is adequate? If you are faced with a life-threatening event, then accessing appropriate medical treatment is absolutely critical. International SOS membership is designed to help.

  • Assisting Socceroos in Brazil socceroos player

    A joint venture between International SOS and International Health Care (IHC) provided Football Federation Australia with medical assistance in Brazil. The joint venture was involved in preparing emergency response plans, providing health alerts and also the identification and assessment of suitable hospitals and clinics in the cities where the team was scheduled to play and train.

  • Mott MacDonald: Wellbeing Programme

    Mott MacDonald begun an innovative journey with International SOS: to deliver their new wellbeing vision. Mott MacDonald’s ‘My wellbeing’ programme launched in January 2019.

  • LGBT Safety in Saudi Arabia

    An education NGO from Australia needed to send a group of travellers – mostly women – to the project site for completion. One of the travellers was an openly gay female who had specific concerns about her safety while travelling to that country.

  • SRI LANKA EASTER ATTACKS

    On 21 April 2019, nine suicide bombers carried out a series of attacks on three churches, three luxury hotels, a guest house and residential area across Sri Lanka.

  • First aid on holiday

    International SOS ran an intensive one-day First Aid Training course for a fast-moving consumer goods company with an office in Russia. One of the participants was their Marketing Director, Thomas. It was his first ever First Aid Training but it later became a life-saving lesson.